World Cup 2018: Portugal star Jose Fonte says France and Brazil have better chance to lift trophy than his own country
By Louise Meadows22nd June 2018, 1:32 pmUpdated: 22nd June 2018, 1:35 pm
PORTUGAL defender Jose Fonte has played down his side's chances at the World Cup, putting the pressure instead on his favourites Brazil and France.
Fonteâs Portugal have made a solid start to their campaign in Russia, drawing 3-3 with Spain before beating Morocco by a single goal.
Victory over Iran on Monday would see them into the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2010.
But former West Ham centre back Fonte knows improvements are to be made if they want to better the fourth-place finish from Germany 2006.
Instead the 34-year-old thinks France, already into the last 16 wit h two wins from two, and five-time winners Brazil are the ones to watch.
He said: âWe want to win every game but Brazil and France are more the favourites.
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âWe have the ability to do well, we believe in our work and we have made a pretty good start to this competition but there is room to improve.â
While the likes of hosts Russia have proved to be a surprise package at this World Cup, heavyweights Argentina have so far flopped.
Their latest below-par performance saw them lose 3-0 on Thursday with Croatia now two from two in Group D.
Portugal and Croatia could meet at the quarter-final stage but Fonte was not taken aback by the start made by Zlatko Dalicâs side.Fanzone Portugal: Guitarists, opposing fans & a Portuguese BBQ
He added: âWe watched this game but we were not surprised by Croatia. They are a very strong opponent with top quality players, international stars and we knew it would be very difficult for Argentina.âSource: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal